I am not a doctor, nurse, registered dietician, or any other form of medical intellect. I deal with numbers, not nutrition. So please consult a physician before making any changes to your diet. This post is for entertainment and informational purposes only.
Is the Whole30 program made for you? There is always a trendy eating habit in this world (remember the rice cake lunches of the 90's?) and everyone seems to be raving about the Whole30 lately. Is this diet the answer to your prayers?
The Hubs and I started the Whole30 on June 1 as a kick start to a healthier lifestyle. After the birth of our son, our eating habits took a nosedive into junk food, fast food, and everything bad in between. We've spent a lot of time traveling this year and have really struggled to maintain any semblence of healthy nutrition.
When I began weaning my son I realized that I had adopted an "eat what I say, not what I eat" mentality when I fed him. I was serving him fresh veggies but eating pizza myself. Besides not being very fair, I found that those habits weren't sustainable as making two separate meals was starting to take a toll on my schedule. This is when the Whole30 was introduced into our lives.
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Who created the Whole30?
So who are the masterminds behind the ever-growing trend? Melissa and Dallas Hartwig kind of took readers by storm with their book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways. To quickly sum things up, the book covers why certain foods could have a negative impact on your life and also provides a healthier nutrition strategy. I know it sounds simple but that's essentially what it is. There's no counting calories or points or any math to this program. And man, is that refreshing!
I was surprised, and you might be too, to find that Dallas and Melissa are not doctors. So everything within the diet should be- not literally- taken with a grain of salt until you've had the chance to consult with your own physician. There is never a one size fits all plan for dieting or health changes. So please take this into consideration.
What is the Whole30?
The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.
Who needs to do the Whole30?
Like I said, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for this world. And I'm no doctor so I can't say with any semblense of conviction that you need to do the Whole30. But the program is intended for someone who is looking to revolutionize and enhance their lives just by changing what they eat. Insert eye roll here because that sounded cheesy. But I'm not kidding, this program is amazing and is one of the healthiest I've seen to date.
Why don't you do it if it's so great, Allison?
I am! I'm in the middle of it right now. And while I miss Doritos like a child misses his mother, I can also say that my relationship with food and general health has changed so much. I'm now one of those conscious shoppers that reads all of the nutrition labels.
I sleep so much better. My stress levels are lower. I have the most energy I've had in a long time. Overall, my body is in better shape than it was even before I had a baby.
Stay tuned because I've got some exciting posts coming up about where to shop, what to buy, and other helpful tips for surviving the Whole30. Once you buy the food and get over the cravings, it's actually very easy to eat on the program. It's crawling through the lack of compliant foods in grocery stores that's hard to overcome. I'll keep you posted!
Are you on the Whole30 and what do/don't you like about it? What other health programs do you love?